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Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight Shines on South African Alternative Artist Marcus Harvey

South African artist Marcus Harvey gets highlighted as Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight.

Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight for June is Marcus Harvey, the singer, rapper and producer from Alexandra township in the Gauteng province. The musician's I Am Marcus Harvey EP released in April won him an army of fans and the respect of his counterparts.


Marcus Harvey shared his excitement about getting hand-picked by the streaming platform in a press release from Apple Music. "This is a beautiful moment in my life right now and I am inspired to always strive for nothing but the best, when it comes to my music," Marcus Harvey said. "Being the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight recipient for June, a month that recognizes and appreciates the visibility and influence of South Africa's youth, means getting the global recognition which will hopefully open beautiful opportunities for myself."

I Am Marcus Harvey, released through Tales Of The Cool Music, an indie record label which he co-owns, peaked at #3 on the Apple Music Alternative Top Charts. In the project, Marcus Harvey slices through different genres and influences seamlessly creating a hybrid of music that sounds current while referencing the past. the artist cites the likes of Brenda Fassie and gospel artist Winnie Mashaba as the musicians he grew up listening to and therefore shaped his own music.

Stream Marcus Harvey's latest release I Am Marcus Harvey on Apple Music and Spotify.




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Interview: Lady Du, Amapiano’s Sultry-Voiced Superstar, Is Smashing The Glass Ceiling

In conversation with amapiano star Lady Du about her rise, spirituality and considering herself a kwaito queen.

Lady Du is currently one of the hottest voices in amapiano. Born into a family of musicians, her father DJ Choc and uncle DJ Zan D are reputable deejays and producers. Lady Du, real name Dudu Ngwenya, first learned how to play at the tender age of nine. Since then and during her early adult life, she had been trying to get a successful break into the music industry. Though she made songs with renowned producers such as DJ Clock, DJ Mshega and DJ Maphorisa (back when he still did gqom) in 2013, 2014 and 2018 respectively, her breakthrough only came under a year ago through the track "Superstar", alongside revered amapiano deejay and producer Mr JazziQ.

Lady Du's musical journey speaks to her resilience, and her success can rightfully be attributed to her perseverance. On "Superstar", Lady Du sings about aspiring to superstardom, even going as far as mentioning some South African celebrities that she looks up to! Today, her name is listed among the very stars she once mentioned on the track. Since 2020, she has collaborated with heavyweights like Oskido, Cassper Nyovest, Khuli Chana, Focalistic, De Mthuda, Josiah De Disciple, Busta 929, DBN Gogo and many others. Her signature sultry voice, which sometimes resembles that of a baby, can also be heard on some of amapiano's biggest smash hits like "Umsebenzi Wethu", "Dakiwe", "Catalia", "Woza", "GUPTA" and more.

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